B Yourself: Jamie Kilgore Foust

B-Yourself-March-JamieKilgore1Name: Jamie Kilgore Foust
Age: 33
Hometown: Jasper, Ala.

Current Gig: Principal dancer/founding member of AROVA Contemporary Ballet; Program Director of ASFA Ballet Preparatory Academy

What was your first job out of college? How did you land it? Out of high school, I joined the San Diego Ballet before attending college; post degree, I began teaching for the Alabama School of Fine Arts Dance Department.

How old were you when you took your first ballet class? 10 years old

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a dance instructor? Seeing students mature over the years

At what moment did you realize ballet is what you wanted to do with your life?  Honestly, probably even before my first ballet class, but definitely when I got my first pair of pointe shoes.

What qualities do you think are necessary to be in this industry? You must be confident, yet humble, and not afraid to work really, really hard…the same things I wish for my boy.

Were you able to perform at any point of your pregnancy? Yes, I did an aerial performance at nine weeks, but most of my pregnancy was during the off season. I was too big to be in this past fall performance, but I continued to teach until the day he was born.

What is your greatest extravagance or guilty pleasure? Getting a massage

What’s the best part of being a mom? Snuggling

Now that you are a mom, will you return to ballet and teaching? Of course!

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